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Joe Bryant a Sparks assistant coach

Updated: March 11, 2011, 7:08 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Joe Bryant, the father of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, is returning to the Los Angeles Sparks, this time as an assistant coach.

He was an assistant with the Sparks for one month before taking over as head coach in August 2005 and through the 2006 season before he was fired in April 2007. He since has been coaching in Japan in the men's first division, most recently for the Raru Kamuy Hokkaido.

"I'm really happy to join [coach Jennifer Gillom]'s staff and be back with the ...

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